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HCAS WINTER SCHOOL 2018: "Managing your career path"

The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS) welcomes doctoral candidates of the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki to the HCAS Winter School on Humanities and Social Sciences, January 30–February 2, 2018. HCAS is an independent research institute within the University. Its intensive Winter Schools aim to train doctoral candidates in interdisciplinary research, practice and thinking. They also offer junior scholars the opportunity to envision their work in refreshing and unconventional ways, to think and to discuss their research in an interdisciplinary environment.

This year our special focus is managing your career path. The School will thus deal with questions such as

  • how to write grant and fellowship applications
  • global academia: how do career paths differ in various countries
  • talking about your research to opponents, doctoral examiners, interview panels
  • public intellectuals: how to present research questions and results in an understandable manner, without losing the complexity of the issue
  • how to deal with rejections
  • how to give a teaching demonstration

The Winter School is organized and taught by the Collegium fellows. The fellows are specialized in interdisciplinary research in the humanities, social sciences, law, behavioral sciences, and theology. The Collegium aims at enhancing high-quality interdisciplinary research within these disciplines by fostering dialogue between different academic orientations, by enhancing the integration of approaches from different disciplines, and by supporting the internationality of Finnish research in these fields and interaction between scholars from all over the world.

The Winter School consists of lectures by fellows and of workshops geared to students' own contributions and questions. The workshops offer doctoral candidates the opportunity to receive feedback from the teaching faculty and other doctoral candidates. The School days begin around 10 am and end around 4 pm. The language of the Winter School is English. The workload of the Winter School is 3 ECTS. The registration of the credits will be done at the doctoral schools or disciplines, so the students will have to speak to their supervisors about this beforehand. The Collegium will only write a certificate of attendance to the participants.

Registration and submission of papers

Doctoral candidates wishing to participate in the Winter School are requested to submit the E-form ( https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/83123/lomake.html ) by November 10, 2017 in which they reflect their career stage and outline their plans for the future.
Participants will submit a hypothetical or real research plan for a funding application for a specific foundation or for e.g. the University of Helsinki funded doctoral position (max. 3 pages) and abstract (max. 1 page). Participants should send in these assignments by January 15, 2018, and be prepared to discuss and present their research plans. The detailed program will be sent to the participants in the beginning of January.

Ilkka Lindstedt (ilkka.lindstedt@helsinki.fi), HCAS Winter School Coordinator
Mari Wiklund (mari.wiklund@helsinki.fi), HCAS Winter School Coordinator